User Profile for Desiderata
Humulus Lupulus
United States
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"Like I always say...Euros are like sex with a German hooker- cheap, mechanical, meaningless, brief, and there's a language barrier." -Michael Barnes.
God Bless German hookers!

My Top 10 are my current favorite games (it fluctuates periodically). My Hot 10 are the games I most want to play. I use the BGG rating system, so anything I rate 7 and above, I'm usually happy to play.

I prefer to play *good boardgames repeatedly rather than play new games only once or twice. I don't mind learning a new game every now and then, but usually only ones I'm very interested in learning.

*admittedly very subjective

What I like in boardgames:
-offers difficult decisions; tension; scarcity (of actions, resources)
-wooden cubes, discs and cylinders (Suck it, Tom Vasel )
-interesting educational or mature theme
-various paths to victory (so not all players are doing the same thing)
-card-driven wargames (CDGs)
-historical scenarios
-player interaction (as opposed to multi-player solitaire)

What I dislike in boardgames:
-excessive spatial elements (i.e. Mutant Meeples, Dungeon Twister)
-excessive negotiation (Diplomacy, Intrigue, Genoa)
-party games (although I can tolerate them on occasion)
-plastic components, unless painted devil
-meeples or shaped pieces (I prefer counters, or discs with stickers)
-lengthy downtime
-cheesy adolescent themes (anything Games Workshop, Killer Bunnies, etc)
-oversized box or excessive components/insert
-excessive chaos (Vanuatu, Colonialism, Dominant Species)

There are some games in the former category that I dislike, and some games in the latter that I like (WotR, Merchants & Marauders). That being said, as a general rule, these hold true.

Themes that I have zero interest in, despite me being a geek:
-Warhammer 40K, WH Fantasy, WH anything
-Steam Punk
-Star Wars (although my son loves it, so I'll be playing it)

One quick comment about CDGs. In addition to the enjoyable gameplay mechanics of having multiple uses for cards, I appreciate that they allow for the game rules to be manageable while using the event cards to incorporate most of the historical detail.

A quick note on trading. I tend to toss box inserts (especially ones that are near useless), so if they are important to you, then ask. Otherwise, you might not want to trade for my games. If I have a game listed for trade, then I'll probably be open to selling it as well. If I don't have it listed for sell on BGG, feel free to make an offer. Thanks.
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User Details for Desiderata
Registration Date: 2008-02-16
Last Profile Update: 2016-04-20
Last Login: 2016-05-01
Country: flag United States
State: Massachusetts
Town/City: Shirley
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Collection Summary for Desiderata
Board Game
Owned   141
Previously Owned   74
For Trade   64
Want In Trade   2
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   47
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   513
Has Parts   6
Want Parts   3
All   631
Board Game Expansion
Owned   17
Previously Owned   2
For Trade   7
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   10
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   40
Has Parts   1
Want Parts   0
All   60
Board Game 12
Board Game Designer 3
Board Game Artist 3
Board Game Implementation 1
For Sale 27
Sold 17
Rating 11
Board Game Plays 2126 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 107 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trade Rating (84) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 560
Average Rating 6.08
10 12   (2.1%)
9 12   (2.1%)
8 69   (12.3%)
7 151   (27.0%)
6 169   (30.2%)
5 77   (13.8%)
4 36   (6.4%)
3 22   (3.9%)
2 12   (2.1%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 45
Average Rating 7.07
10 3   (6.7%)
9 2   (4.4%)
8 11   (24.4%)
7 16   (35.6%)
6 11   (24.4%)
5 2   (4.4%)
4 0   (0.0%)
3 0   (0.0%)
2 0   (0.0%)
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Top 10
#1: Successors (third edition)
#2: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
#3: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
#4: War of the Ring (second edition)
#5: Earth Reborn
#6: Clash of Cultures
#7: Mage Knight Board Game
#8: Steam
#9: Maria
#10: Washington's War
Hot 10
#1: Wilderness War
#2: The U.S. Civil War
#3: Sword of Rome
#4: Roads & Boats
#5: Arkwright
#6: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
#7: Successors (third edition)
#8: For the People
#9: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
#10: Wir sind das Volk!
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